The Simpsons: The Complete Season 7
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The entire seventh season of this smash hit is available packaged in a mold the shape of Marge Simpson's head. This is the next in a line of collectible molded character packages that began with Homer Simpson in Season 6. Season 7 includes the famous "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" episode and Tree House of Horror VI.
One of the hallmark seasons of The Simpsons, season 7 features some of the strongest episodes produced during the shows run. Considering that this is The Simpsons were talking about here, thats saying a lot, but this collection deserves the accolades.
Broadcast in 1995, season seven features several signature episodes, including Part II of "Who Shot Mr. Burns," "Bart Sells His Soul," and "Two Bad Neighbors" where former President George Herbert Walker Bush moves into the neighborhood (an episode gamely playing on the former Presidents open dislike for the show). One of The Simpsonss most definitive episodes, "Treehouse of Horror VI" famously broke the third wall by using the then-groundbreaking CGI technology to render Homer first in a 3-D world, then in real life, (despite the evolution in his form, he naturally ends up in an erotic cake shop). As the producers openly note on the commentary, it was a big deal at the time, and super expensive, which is why they could only do a few minutes of footage in CGI (some fans will particularly enjoy the revealing commentary on this one, as the producers explain the many visual puns and math jokes appearing in the background of the 3-D world). Its a great example of how The Simpsons continued to play with its visual style and take creative risks years into its run. In fact, one of the best episodes on this collection, "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" proves just how far the look and style of the show really came during that time. Hosted by actor Troy McClure (voiced by the late comic great Phil Hartman), it presents never-before-seen outtakes and original footage from the shows debut days on The Tracey Ullman Show, while taking a few self-referential digs at show creators Matt Groening, James Brooks, and Sam Simon. Other gems include "Homerpalooza" where Homer thanks guests The Smashing Pumpkins for their gloomy music because it has made his kids "stop wishing for a future I cant possibly provide," and "Bart the Fink" where Bart inadvertently gets Krusty the Klown busted for tax "avoision."
Along with the 25 episodes there are extensive commentaries, featurettes, and deleted scenes all of which add immense value to the set and will give die-hard fans another excuse to spend more hours in front of the TV. Its another benchmark collection from a show that, up to this point, doesnt seem to know its own limits. --Dan VanciniSee all Editorial Reviews
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Unfortunately, cracks in the Simpsons empire began to show this year – a foreshadowing of the mistakes of the next two or three seasons. "Two Bad Neighbors," starring George H.W. Bush, is both a clunky use of a real-life person and it does serious damage to the continuity of the Simpsons universe. And the unfortunate trend of latching a storyline onto current events and then-popular people, a real source of trouble in future seasons, can be seen here in the badly dated "Homerpalooza." Meanwhile, "King Size Homer" marks the first time that the writers tackled a sensitive social issue but couldn't refrain from low blows and name-calling, resulting in a very problematic construction of a moral theme. However, some of this season's best episodes still maintain the madcap genius of the previous years (if in a slightly more subdued fashion), those being "Homer the Smithers" and "Bart the Fink," among others. And there is a real advancement in experimental episode construction with the awesome "22 Short Films About Springfield." When all is said and done, this is still a great season for the Simpsons – and the last truly great season for a while. [~doomsdayer520~]